Used Car of the Day: 1981 Jeep CJ7

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 1981 jeep cj7

Today's UCOTD is a variation of the classic theme of putting a big engine in a small vehicle. This 1981 Jeep CJ7 has a Chevy 350 underhood.


It also has an automatic transmission, Dana 300 transfer case, stock Dana 30 front axle, AMC 20 rear axle, and Goodyear Kevlar 33X12.5 R15 tires. The soft top is new. It looks like the body needs some work, and the seller admits there are some rust spots.

This sounds like it could be a badass off-roader for the right buyer. The seller wants $7,500.

[Images: The seller]

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